Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

Straight Ahead Jazz Camp, held annually in July, provides music educators, jazz enthusiasts and students 18 and over with five days of jazz immersion featuring innovative, hands-on sessions led by professional musicians and clinicians. Sessions include lecture-discussions, workshops, and master classes.


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2017 Special Guest Artists

  • Premier composer, educator and bassist Rufus Reid
  • Pianist, professor and author of David Baker: A Legacy in the Music Monika Herzig
  • Internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and teacher Barry Harris
  • Composer, educator and exemplar of the Chicago tenor tradition, Ari Brown
  • Prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur Dave Douglas


Past lecturers and clinicians include:

Victor Goines (2014 Artist in Residence)

Etienne Charles (2014 Featured Guest Artist)

Bobby Watson (2014 Featured Guest Artist)

Donald Harrison (2013 Artist in Residence)

Jon Faddis (2009, 2010 Artist in Residence)

Jose Diaz (2009-2014 Latin Jazz Clinician)

Chicago Clinicians: Willie Pickens, Mwata Bowden, Dana Hall, Bobbi Wilsyn, Tammy McCann, Jeff Parker, Tatsu Aoki, Douglas Ewart, Audrey Morrsion, Jarrard Harris, Richard Dunscomb and many more.


Click on the video below to learn more about Straight Ahead Jazz Summer camp


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